New Business Leader Faculty Join Strong Bench

Lake Effects Blog

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) sets itself apart from typical business schools and leadership development organizations with a faculty made up entirely of working professionals who bring pragmatic experience to the table in such areas as marketing, finance, global business, leadership, and health care. Our new Business Leader Faculty® will join a strong bench of leaders who prepare students and Corporate Learning Solutions participants to think critically and apply classroom teachings to their lives and organizations.

We have welcomed fourteen new faculty members to LFGSM during the summer and fall of 2017, each with a diverse background and area of expertise. We are thrilled to have them join our team of Business Leader Faculty® as they bring added value and experiences to not only LFGSM students, but also to the School. We invite you to learn more about them and connect with our new faculty members on LinkedIn.

Leah Bailey
Leah was most recently the President of Helen of Troy Limited, a $1.5B public global consumer products company. She holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Harvard University. With expertise in marketing, leadership, and strategy, Leah brings an extensive knowledge base to LFGSM.


Nick Garcia
Nick is the Vice President of Sales for Clear Channel Outdoor. A sales leadership professional and business growth expert with over 15 years of experience in sales and management, Nick holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Nick brings an array of specialties to LFGSM, including team leadership, client retention, and strategic revenue growth execution.

Isabelle Goossen
Isabelle was most recently the Vice President and CFO for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She earned her B.A. from Knox College before earning a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago. In addition to the Orchestra, Isabelle has held executive roles for Premark International. She brings over 30 years of experience to LFGSM with a proven track record of shaping financial strategy in both profit and not-for-profit arenas.

Curt Gruber
Curt is Principal at Luciérnaga: Luminous Ideas, a consulting business he founded that focuses on strategy, marketing, brand management, and engagement. Curt holds a B.S. from Illinois State University and an MBA from Thunderbird. He has held VP level roles in marketing for the Chicago Wolves and the Chicago Rush, as well as senior level marketing positions at Wrigley and Jim Beam. In addition to his 20 years of business experience, Curt brings 10 years of graduate level teaching experience at Northwestern University to LFGSM.

Doug Levy
Doug was most recently the President and CEO for Guaranty Bank, where he dramatically grew the bank and expanded its assets. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Kellogg School of Business. Doug looks forward to using his 30+ years of experience in finance, leadership, and strategy to LFGSM students.

Jody McCrea
Jody is the President and Owner of MC Squared Medical, Inc. A graduate of Indiana University, Jody earned her Master’s in health administration as well as an MBA from Georgia State University. Jody has been running her own medical device distribution business since 2011, and brings over 15 years of experience in corporate marketing and sales to LFGSM.

Janeen McGreal
Janeen was most recently the VP of Finance Administration for GlenStar. She is a strategic business partner and corporate controller who is highly experienced in private equity, manufacturing, and finance. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. from Roosevelt University. Janeen brings over 20 years of experience in finance to LFGSM.

Julie Hupp
Julie is the President and Owner of Aspire Planning Group, where she helps clients achieve long-term financial goals through financial planning and investment management. Julie earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Kellogg. With expertise in investment, entrepreneurship, and finance, Julie brings invaluable experience to the LFGSM classrooms.

Jeremy Netzel
Jeremy is the CFO for @properties, the top independent residential real estate brokerage in the Midwest. He holds a B.S. in finance from Northern Illinois University, which he put into practice at Motorola and Orbitz before moving into the financial arm of @properties. Jeremy brings his extensive expertise across finance and accounting to LFGSM.

Rob Ogle
Rob is Sales Executive at FranklinCovey. He holds a B.A. from Weber State University and an MBA from LFGSM. Rob has held several VP positions within the banking industry and also owned his own consulting firm, assisting companies with sales, people development, and operations. With 20 years of experience leading organizations, Rob brings substantial leadership development knowledge to LFGSM.

Charley Orwig
Charley was most recently the VP of Marketing Services for the Federated Group, a privately held food sales and marketing company. He has also held marketing roles at ConAgra Foods, Smithfield, and Kraft. He earned a B.A. from Bradley University and an MBA from Benedictine University, where he currently teaches marketing. As a cross-disciplined marketing executive with 20 years of experience shaping and launching big-name products, Charley brings invaluable expertise in global marketing to LFGSM.

Dan Romito
Dan is the Global Head of Investor Analytics for NASDAQ, where he oversees NASDAQ’s Strategic Capital Intelligence team and manages a global roster of advisory clients. Dan holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MBA from DePaul University. Prior to NASDAQ, he worked in finance-related roles and created his own insurance brokerage firm. Dan brings a broad knowledge base in global finance to LFGSM.

Mary-Jo Salzburg
Mary-Jo is the Vice President of Marketing for Member Insurance Agency, Inc. She earned a B.A. from Judson University before acquiring a Master of Arts from Webster University and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University. Mary-Jo has worked in marketing and communications for over 20 years, and brings this real-world experience to her teaching at LFGSM.

Colin Walters
Colin is the Senior General Manager for Pace Analytical. He has also worked for Intertek, Abbott Laboratories, and Robert Bosch Corporation. Colin holds a B.S. from Upper Iowa University and an MBA from LFGSM. He brings over 15 years of experience in accounting and leadership to the program.


We look forward to the impact our new faculty will have on the School’s degree programs and Corporate Learning Solutions. Read more about our faculty on our website.


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